Slideshow: 6 Exclusive Photos From the 2013 Chicago Critics Film Festival

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet
| Image 1 of 6 |

CHICAGO – It was a weekend of spectacular film previews and premieres. The FIRST Chicago Critics Film Festival highlighted the hottest new filmmakers, had a sold-out tribute to the legendary director William Friedkin and put them together with all the cinema buffs in the Chicagoland area. And it was all accommodated within the Muvico Theatres in Rosemont, Ill.

The festival kicked off with the ultra talented actor and director Sarah Polley, who introduced the must-see documentary about her family, “Stories We Tell.” The comic book film “Sparks,” welcomed two of the actors – Jake Busey and William Katt (who also produced the film) – and director Christopher Folino. Hot new director James Ponsoldt (of last year’s “Smashed”) represented his new film, “The Spectacular Now,” and the iconic William Friedkin signed his new book and presented a 35mm print of his underrated film, “Sorcerer.” This was just part of an unprecedented line-up of films that stretched for three days from April 12th-14th. And The Chicago Critics Film Festival was dedicated to the late, great Roger Ebert.

Photographer Joe Arce was on hand to capture these Exclusive Photos of the highlighted participants at The Chicago Critics Film Festival. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

  1. CRITICS1: Legendary director William Friedkin presented a 35mm print of ‘Sorcerer.’
  2. CRITICS2: Actor, Director Sarah Polley introduced her new documentary, ‘Stories We Tell.’
  3. CRITICS3: Director Christopher Folino introduced his comic book film, ‘Sparks.’
  4. CRITICS4: ‘The Greatest American Hero,’ William Katt, also produced ‘Sparks.’
  5. CRITICS5: Actor Jake Busey, featured in ‘Sparks’ and ‘Starship Troopers.’
  6. CRITICS6: Director James Ponsoldt introduced his new film, ‘The Spectacular Now.’

For more information regarding the Chicago Film Critics Association, click here to access their website. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

Senior Staff Writer

© 2013 Patrick McDonald,

User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing


  • Miss Information

    CHICAGO – Fact or fiction is a current debate in news programming, especially as people naturally digest “the news” that makes them comfortable. A new five-episode web series created by filmmaker Ashton Swinford, “Miss Information,” is a satire-oriented show that seeks to entertain and educate viewers on the bias, fake news and bot infiltration that litters social media.

  • YippieFest 2020 Logo

    CHICAGO – It’s coming! YippieFest 2020 – joining the virtual and online revolution during these particular times – is set for August 21st through the 23rd. Details to come on schedules and times, but the whole fest can be downloaded for FREE on those dates through TWITCH streaming service. Click here for more details.

Advertisement on Twitter

archive Top Ten Discussions